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Valuing preemption for composting facilities

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Preemption must rule composting's future if the industry is to find acceptance as a mainstream waste management technology.

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Valuing preemption for composting facilities

  1. 1. Preemptive design
  2. 2. preemption noun pre·emp·tion -ˈem(p)-shən an act undertaken or intended to deter or prevent an anticipated (usually unpleasant) situation or occurrence, marked by the seizing of the initiative
  3. 3. There’s a big difference between prevention and preemption.
  4. 4. Prevention is picking up a banana peel before someone slips.
  5. 5. Preemption is not buying the banana in the first place.
  6. 6. For cities, preemptive design = building codes that anticipate disasters.
  7. 7. For landscape architects, preemptive design = “resilient” landscapes that mitigate risks.
  8. 8. For composting facilities, it’s making sure what can go wrong won’t go wrong.
  9. 9. Preemptive design goes beyond preparedness to radically diminish negative impacts before they occur.
  10. 10. The future is bringing...
  11. 11. more people, waste, urban sprawl
  12. 12. less tolerance for open-air composting facilities
  13. 13. TIGHTER
  14. 14. Preemptive design mitigates risks that can cripple a composting operation:
  15. 15. leachate and untreated runoff
  16. 16. pests
  17. 17. failed lab tests
  18. 18. weather impacts
  19. 19. odor
  20. 20. Which lead to ...
  21. 21. complaints,
  22. 22. fines,
  23. 23. and lawyers.
  24. 24. 100s of hours and 1,000s of dollars wasted on issues that can be avoided.
  25. 25. The world wants to support composting
  26. 26. many operations cannot manage the most challenging organic streams in a manner that is acceptable to the public, regulators, and customers.
  27. 27. To mitigate risks and manufacture a quality product, putrescibles require: • High-rate processes • Secure, controlled processing environments • Trained, experienced facility managers
  28. 28. and a recognition and acceptance of the fact that regulations are a starting point, not the end goal. REGULATIONS MODERN COMPOSTING
  29. 29. Modern waste management no longer dumps garbage into unlined landfills...
  30. 30. or spews untreated sewage into rivers and bays.
  31. 31. But composting is still stuck in the old century.
  32. 32. Society, the environment and the industry would be better served by the proliferation of fast, robust composting technologies.
  33. 33. To remain competitive, composting must modernize with ...
  34. 34. advanced technologies to accelerate processing and reduce facility footprints,
  35. 35. encapsulated processing and biofiltration to eliminate leachate and neutralize odors,
  36. 36. high-quality compost products that can be safely used by anyone, anywhere, and
  37. 37. professional marketing programs moving products out to high-value markets.
  38. 38. Failure to keep pace could doom composting to the realm of obsolescence before it ever realizes its full potential as a mainstream waste management technology.
  39. 39. To stand side-by-side with the big boys, as an industry, we must first ...
  40. 40. invest in new technologies that can handle all organics,
  41. 41. embrace higher standards than currently required by regulations,
  42. 42. reduce our own environmental footprint,
  43. 43. and make operations “invisible” to sensitive receptors:
  44. 44. • Site in areas zoned for heavy industry • Build high berms and vegetated buffers • Increase distances from active work zones to residences • Establish truck routes that avoid sensitive neighborhoods • Process and cure under roof • Use biofilters and other active odor controls • Stop generating leachate
  45. 45. What do we get for this investment?
  46. 46. • Freedom from nuisance complaints and regulatory fines • Process predictability • Dependable service for customers • A healthy revenue stream from compost sales • A more profitable operation • Long-term economic stability
  47. 47. In short ...
  48. 48. a future.
  49. 49. Preemptive design
  50. 50. Find more titles related to this topic here. CREDITS Production costs for this title were underwritten by McGill. Its use is permitted for educational purposes if presented in its entirety and without editing or other alteration. ©McGill Environmental Systems of N.C. Inc. Questions? Call McGill HQ at 919-362-1161 or use a contact form at www.mcgillcompost.com.

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